Economic Forum 2019

The 2019 Economic Forum marks 7 years of straight talk about the economy. Forum attendees hear from nationally-known, innovative business thinkers who discuss the economy and interact with a panel of Milwaukee leaders to advance our community’s business strength and economic partnerships.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Secure your sponsorship of Economic Forum 2019. Learn more and email Cynthia Jansen of Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

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Individual ticket sales are now closed.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Cynthia Jansen at 414-390-5701.

Keynote Speaker: Jason Schenker

Keynote Speaker Announced: Jason Schenker

Jason Schenker is the 2019 Economic Forum Keynote Speaker. Bloomberg News has ranked Jason as a top forecaster in 42 categories, including #1 in the world for his forecast accuracy in an astonishing 25 categories, including for his forecasts of the Euro, the British Pound, the Swiss Franc, the Russian Ruble, the Chinese RMB, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, U.S. new home sales, and U.S. jobs. Learn more about the 2019 Economic Forum Keynote Speaker.

One of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world.

– All American Speakers Bureau

Panel Discussion with Milwaukee Business Leaders

Joel Brennan

Joel Brennan is the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Previously, he served as President & CEO of Discovery World for over 10 years where he turned multi-million dollar operating deficits into surpluses and eliminated millions in capital debt. Prior, Brennan served as the head of Milwaukee’s Redevelopment Authority.

Peggy Coakley

Peggy Coakley is the President and CEO of Coakley Brothers and Brothers Interiors. She is the fourth-generation owner of what originated in 1888 as the Coakley Brothers Moving and Storage Company. She has successfully started and sold two successful businesses: Coakley Tech, a digital printing company sold in 2007, and Datastore, a record retention company sold in 2012.

Mike Gousha

Mike Gousha serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School. He is the host of the Law School’s “On the Issues” conversation series. He has been the solo moderator of numerous political debates, including Wisconsin’s historic 2012 recall election for Governor, and past anchor and political analyst for WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Kevin Zaba

Kevin Zaba is Group Executive and Platform President at Rexnord, a 128-year-old Milwaukee-based diversified industrial manufacturer with enterprise sales of $2 billion and 7,000 global employees. He’s led the company’s expansion through multiple acquisitions, supply chain and manufacturing footprint optimization, and digital- mechanical solutions.

Straight Talk about the Economy

Straight Talk about the Economy

This year’s Economic Forum event will mark 7 years of straight talk about the national and Milwaukee area economy. View the last six years of keynote speakers and business leader panelists. 

2019 Sponsors

Sponsors as of October 24, 2019

2018 Highlights

2018 Highlights

The 2018 Economic Forum was a sell-out event. See the event highlights.

Who We Are

Who We Are

For more than 100 years, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation has been dedicated to building a strong Jewish community. We distributed $19.8 million last year to Jewish and non-Jewish organizations locally and around the world, and manage philanthropy through our $190 million Jewish Community Foundation.